Two ESPN Personalities Hammer Biden's 'Maddening' Move to Crush Women's Sports


Earlier this month, the Biden administration moved to make broad bans on transgender students competing against athletes of the gender they are pretending to be, instead requiring them to compete against athletes of their actual birth gender.

NPR reported that President Joe Biden’s Department of Education proposed the change to Title IX, which was originally enacted to prevent discrimination in schools that receive federal funding.

The proposal drew fire from the usual corners, of course — but also from two well-known personalities from ESPN, a network usually better recognized for its encouragement of all things woke, not for its criticism of them.

It started with a statement from Lia Thomas, a male competitive swimmer who wants to be thought of as a woman and to compete against women.

Thomas, unsurprisingly, supports the Biden administration’s proposal, and published a video saying so.

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That provoked a response from Riley Gaines, a female competitive swimmer and the 2022 Southeastern Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, who, more reasonably, also wants to be though of as a woman and to compete against women.

“Under the guise of competitive fairness?” Gaines tweeted in response to Thomas on Monday. “Are you really trying to say you would have won a national title against the men? Does it not break your heart to see women lose out on these opportunities? The Biden Admins [sic] proposed bill denies science, truth, and common sense.”

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Sage Steele, co-host of the 12 p.m. hour of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” responded, in turn, to Gaines’ tweet.

“This is heartbreaking, maddening, and really difficult to watch,” she wrote in a tweet to which she added the #savewomensports hashtag.

“I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and be relieved that this was all just a ridiculous, comical, nonsensical dream,” she added.

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She wasn’t alone. Samantha Steele Ponder, host of “Sunday NFL Countdown” on the same network, also tweeted her support of Gaines’ position.

Steele later tweeted in support of Ponder’s statement, as well.

The proposed changes were published to the Federal Register on April 13. The 30-day period for public comments on the proposal will end on May 15.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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